About weekly star ratings for beach water quality

Discover how we decide how many stars your swimming site deserves.

How to read star ratings

Rating

Enterococci category
(colony forming units per 100ml)

Description

* * * *

<41

Good

* * *

41–200

Fair

* *

201–500

Poor

*

>500

Bad


Good: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to NHMRC guidelines.

Fair: bacterial levels indicate an increased risk of illness to bathers, particularly those with lower immune function such as the elderly and young children.

Poor and Bad: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.